March 25, 2010

Huskies Narrowly Fall to No. 6 West Chester

Box Score

BLOOMSBURG - Despite a late second half rally, Bloomsburg University fell to sixth-ranked West Chester 13-10 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon at Sports Stadium.

West Chester (5-0, 3-0) got on the board first, scoring three goals in the game's first 7:32. Sophomore Allie Kakareka (Royersford/Spring-Ford) put the Huskies in the scoring column with an unassisted goal at the 20:08 mark, cutting the deficit to two. The Golden Rams responded with another three goals, including a second from Erin Oczkowski. Bloomsburg stopped the streak when freshman Samantha Mazzie (Barto/Boyertown) found the back of the net at the 7:39 mark, making the advantage 6-2 in favor of West Chester.

After another goal by the Golden Rams, the Huskies scored two in the span of 1:24, coming from the sticks of Kakareka and senior Kim Springman (Downingtown/Bishop Shanahan). West Chester would get the last goal of the half, however, as Oczkowski netted her third of the game with 1:20 remaining, putting the Golden Rams ahead 8-4.

The Huskies (5-2, 2-1) came out hot in the second half, as senior Tia Mazzie (Barto/Boyertown) and freshman Maggie Canavan (Erdenheim/Springfield) scored within 25 seconds of each other, bring Bloomsburg back to within two goals with 25:33 to play. After a West Chester timeout, the Golden Rams responded with four unanswered goals, over the next 14 minutes, increasing their lead to 12-6 with 11:44 left in the game.

Bloomsburg wasted little time, getting another goal from Tia Mazzie just 18 seconds later, before the Golden Rams found the back of the net again, giving them a 13-7 lead with 9:20 left. The Huskies would begin their rally, getting goals from sophomore Samantha King (Elkton, MD/North East) at the 8:58 mark, Springman at 5:35 and Samantha Mazzie at 3:28 before the Golden Rams stalled on offense, keeping the ball away from Bloomsburg and ending the game with a three-goal win.

Oczkowski ended the game with four goals for West Chester, while Springman, Kakareka, and Tia and Samantha Mazzie each scored twice for the Huskies. Freshman Shelby Iezzi (Pottstown/Owen J. Roberts) went all 60 minutes in goal for Bloomsburg, registering 12 saves.

The Huskies are back in action on Saturday when they host Mercyhurst at 1:00 p.m. at Sports Stadium. Both teams will be participating in "Lax 4 Life" to help raise funds and awareness for the Allyson Fund, which was started three years ago after Allyson Green, the younger sister of former West Chester goalkeeper Mary Beth Green, committed suicide. Both schools will wear "Lax 4 Life" t-shirts in pregame warm-ups and have a collective photo taken to commemorate the occasion. Additionally, a collection will be taken up in the stands to help raise money for this worthy cause.